Writing Articles

Get Students Out Of Creative Ruts

Sometimes students need a little structure to force them into a more creative state of mind. Here are a few ideas for interesting writing prompts


A Remix Library

A list of stories inspired by older stories to teach your students about the history of reusing ideas.


3 Advanced Literary Techniques

Students' education about literary devices seems to max out with personification, similes, and other types of figurative language. But what about more complex tools?


Patterns In Writing: Conflict

Discussing types of conflict is a great first step towards building a strong narrative. Although the term conjures up images of ninja battles for many of our students, conflict can take on many more sophisticated forms than physical fights.


Writing Better Personal Narratives

How can we apply literary themes, five act plots, and types of conflict to upgrade students' personal narratives?


Persuasive Writing: Holiday Vs Holiday

Let's write a persuasive essay about one holiday from the point of view of another holiday's "mascot." For example, what would the Easter Bunny think about Christmas, how would Santa feel about Valentine's Day, and what would a Turkey have to say about St. Patrick's Day?


Do More With "Story Structure"

This week, we're tackling the comprehension skill "story structure" featured in the Houghton Mifflin reading program. It's absolute nuts and bolts (identify setting, character, and plot) and is part of the reading program beginning in Kindergarten. A quick pre-assessment verifies that my sixth graders have a thorough understanding of this material.


Handout: Writing Presentation

The long awaited handout for my recent narrative writing presentations!


What Did You Do During Summer Break?

Ask your students to write about their summer breaks, but remix their activities into a new genre or setting. Perhaps they vacationed at Hogwarts, Mordor, or Tatooine? Not interested in a writing assignment? Have them rewrite a Beatles song about their summer vacations.


Motivate Writing With Space Imagery

Have your students write to a narrative theme established through imagery. Allow them to view some exciting photos, and then develop a well-structured story. Embed an enjoyable and meaningful writing process, and you just might have a fun monthly system established.


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